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  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:00 AM

Competence, Participation, Opportunity in Science Communication

by Janet Krenn in Talking Winston

“…the main concern of community activities is now increasingly about public participation, rather than public competence [of science].”

A recent study in Public Understanding of Science reveals that individuals that report “high” interest in science and technology make up a majority of the members of the general public who participate in science/policy decision making. Yet some that are very interested actually may lack a basic science competence, and what good is any discussion w........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 09:43 AM

Spray on some stem cells and grow your own skin!

by Katie Pratt in

Ok. Bits of this film are little grim, but it’s worth it. Well, go on then! Amazing right? And yes, it’s real! I have to admit I double-checked the date when my friend forwarded me the National Geographic link, but April first it was not. Researchers at the University of Pittsburg’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative [...]... Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 08:53 AM

Old and Dizzy: The Profile of Dizziness After 65

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Dizziness is a common symptom that increases in frequency with age.   Patients, family members and primary care physicians encounter this symptom.   Dizziness as a symptom is endorsed by up to 30% in older populations surveys. A recent primary care study looked at a large series of adults 65 and older presenting to their physicians.  This study was conducted in 45 group practices in the Netherlands is published in the readily accessed PLOS One.  The authors had........ Read more »

Dros J, Maarsingh OR, van der Horst HE, Bindels PJ, Ter Riet G, & van Weert HC. (2010) Tests used to evaluate dizziness in primary care. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal , 182(13). PMID: 20643840  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Do stromal endothelial cells directly influence cancer progression?

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

Endothelial cells block proliferation and invasiveness of breast & lung cancer cells in vitro by reducing cellular signaling via intracellular pro-tumor & inflammatory pathways. Continue reading →
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Franses, J., Baker, A., Chitalia, V., & Edelman, E. (2011) Stromal Endothelial Cells Directly Influence Cancer Progression. Science Translational Medicine, 3(66), 66-66. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3001542  

Sherwood, L., Parris, E., & Folkman, J. (1971) Tumor Angiogenesis: Therapeutic Implications. New England Journal of Medicine, 285(21), 1182-1186. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM197111182852108  

Kerbel, R. (2008) Tumor Angiogenesis. New England Journal of Medicine, 358(19), 2039-2049. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra0706596  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

We pray with closed eyes

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve talked about the “look inside yourself” strategy in case presentation before.  It’s a deceptively simple strategy to minimize bias and to help jurors get in touch with their moral center rather than operating blindly on pre-existing assumptions. Okay, so part of it may be in the delivery by our client Richard– who has a [...]

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  • February 9, 2011
  • 05:05 AM

The Andromeda Strain (1971) Photoincineration

by Manuel Sánchez in Bugs and Movies

The "Andromeda Strain" is a 1971 science-fiction film, based on the novel published in 1969 by Michael Crichton. Probably is the best "microbiological" movie. The film is about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that causes rapid, fatal blood clotting. But Andromeda has other surprises. In this fragment, we can see the different sterilization and aseptic procedures taken as a precaution to avoid external contamination. Nowadays we know that some of ........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 04:00 AM

Introducing a truly global genomic diagnostic platform

by avi_wener in The European Biotechnologist

In May, 2010 a truly international and collaborative genomic diagnostic tool was launched. MutaDATABASE is a publicly available, open access, free, online database that provides standardised information on human disease genes, including disease-causing variations. According to a recently published article in Nature Biotechnology: The unprecedented speed and scale with which human sequence variants are being [...]... Read more »

Sherri Bale, Martijn Devisscher, Wim Van Criekinge, Heidi L Rehm, Frederik Decouttere, Robert Nussbaum, Johan T Den Dunnen, & Patrick Willems. (2011) MutaDATABASE: a centralized and standardized DNA variation database. Nature Biotechnology, 117-118. info:/doi:10.1038/nbt.1772

  • February 9, 2011
  • 02:29 AM

Transitioning from Trainee to Faculty

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Wish I had know this before when starting in Academia. Really starting your career after all the training you’ve been through, a real challenge. How to start of on the new job.
Important strategies from the medical literature, management practices and hands on experience for “on-boarding”:

Start early, meaning getting toknow your organisation before your start date. [...]

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  • February 9, 2011
  • 02:01 AM

Chemical data curation: yes, it is that bad.

by egonw in Chem-bla-ics

The readers of Antony's blog know enough about the problem. And many in the QSAR community know it too (and many other do not). Chemical structure data is noisy. I haven't recently created a new local data set for analysis, so I have not taken time to blog about it much, but the ambiguity in chemical databases is enormous. Just yesterday, Antony and I had a good discussion about tautomers and in particular how things are linked together.

If we are in the field of property prediction, knowing wh........ Read more »

Porter, W. (2010) Warfarin: history, tautomerism and activity. Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design, 24(6-7), 553-573. DOI: 10.1007/s10822-010-9335-7  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

Ignore Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and the rest, to your detriment: the importance of social media

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Be where the conversations are: the critical importance of social media From Business Information Review It has become clear that the website is no longer the most important single online source of information. It is now vital that we pay attention to social media conversations.  People and companies have a presence in a wider variety [...]... Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 01:19 AM

Of beetles and beans

by helikonios in The view from Helicon

The study of speciation—the formation of new species—has had a long history in evolutionary biology, but the past few decades have seen leaps in how we think about the process that creates biodiversity. We now know that natural selection is almost always heavily involved in the process, and that new species can form even when [...]... Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 12:50 AM

Dieting, Stress, and the Changing Brain

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

Dieting doesn’t work. No really, it doesn’t. Much as people like to talk about how the things they are sticking to are “lifestyle changes”, etc, a lot of them (but not all) are still diets, still ways of restricting your eating, and over 80% of them will fail. By fail, scientists mean that you will [...]... Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 12:47 AM

Quercetin paradox in a complex antioxidant network

by Colby in

This is sort of a random post, but I remember coming across this paper from 2007 awhile back titled “The quercetin paradox” that shows how quercetin protects against some oxidative damage in a lung cell line but the oxidation product … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 8, 2011
  • 11:33 PM

Trying to learn a new city? You might want to rent a car.

by PsychBusyBee in ionpsych

Do you take business trips? If so, do you rent a car or take the train, bus, or taxi into town?

What if you are interviewing for a new job? What's the best way to learn where the closest shopping or best pizza place is?

It turns out renting that car might give you a better idea for the city's spatial layout. Continue reading →... Read more »

Appleyard, D. (1970) Styles and Methods of Structuring a City. Environment and Behavior, 2(1), 100-117. DOI: 10.1177/001391657000200106  

  • February 8, 2011
  • 11:01 PM

Listening, speaking — what’s the difference?

by Janus in ionpsych

Did you take a foreign language, like Spanish, in high school or college? You might still be able to understand a little Spanish, but you wouldn’t be able to say a whole sentence if your life dependend on it. Even … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 8, 2011
  • 10:44 PM

A Universal, One-Shot Flu Vaccine?

by Greg Laden in Greg Laden's Blog

A Better Grip: T Cells Strengthen Our Hand against Influenza Clinical Infectious Diseases, 52 (1), 8-9 DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciq018Flu vaccines are important and useful, but also relatively ineffective compared to many other vaccines. Immunity is imperfect, there are many 'strains' of influenza in a given year only some of which are addressed by the available vaccine (though often the most common ones) and one year's vaccine does not provide immunity to subsequent years' influenza because the virus ........ Read more »

Berthoud, T., Hamill, M., Lillie, P., Hwenda, L., Collins, K., Ewer, K., Milicic, A., Poyntz, H., Lambe, T., Fletcher, H.... (2011) Potent CD8 T-Cell Immunogenicity in Humans of a Novel Heterosubtypic Influenza A Vaccine, MVA-NP M1. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 52(1), 1-7. DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciq015  

  • February 8, 2011
  • 10:20 PM

The many relationships of leaf-cutter ants

by Hannah Waters in Culturing Science – biology as relevant to us earthly beings

Trying to capture the movement of a colony of leaf-cutter ants in a single photo is nearly impossible in my (amateur) experience.  The queues of ants follow a worn-down trail in the ground that they themselves made with the impact of their little ant feet.  There are ants moving in both directions, between the food [...]... Read more »

  • February 8, 2011
  • 10:16 PM

Much Ado About ADHD-Research: Is there a Misrepresentation of ADHD in Scientific Journals?

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

The reliability of science is increasingly under fire. We all know that media often gives a distorted picture of scientific findings (i.e. Hot news: Curry, Curcumin, Cancer & cure). But there is also an ever growing number of scientific misreports or even fraud (see bmj editorial announcing retraction of the Wakefield paper about causal relation beteen MMR vaccination [...]... Read more »

  • February 8, 2011
  • 08:28 PM

Embryonic stem cell origin — food for thought

by Erin Campbell in the Node

What I love about developmental biology is the collaborative nature of the field.   The vast majority of biologists feel that by sharing ideas, data, and reagents, we can learn more than if we were all to work alone with blinders on our heads.  A recent paper in Development puts forth a hypothesis about embryonic stem [...]... Read more »

  • February 8, 2011
  • 07:21 PM

King of herrings, World's longest bony fish

by beredim in Strange Animals

The King of herrings (Regalecus glesne) is the world's longest bony fish. Also known as the giant oarfish, this gentle giant commonly reaches lengths of 7 meters, with its maximum length estimated to be 17 m!

Click the link and see photos and videos of these marvelous creatures.... Read more »

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